Fans of the Terry Brook’s ‘Shannara’ series have reason to celebrate as Sonar Entertainment has acquired the rights to the author’s book series and is partnering with Farah Films to adapt them into a television series much like George R.R. Martin’s ‘Game of Thrones‘.
The ‘Shannara’ saga is set hundreds of years in the future after modern civilization has been laid in ruin following the “Great Wars”. The world has reverted to a medieval state where magic exists alongside science while mystical creatures such as elves and trolls populate the Earth. The series follows the magical Shannara clan, descendants of a mixed Elven and human noble lineage family whose adventures reshape the future of the world.
Sonar Entertainment and Farah Films plan on basing the first season of the series on the second book, ‘The Elfstones of Shannara,’ which makes sense as the first novel was highly criticized as being too close in story to the ‘The Lord of the Rings‘.
The Shannara series has gained a huge following in its 25 years of publication. The first published Shannara novel was released in 1977 with the latest and 20th installment being released just last month. Two more novels are expected to be released next year.
Brooks will wear the executive producer’s hat while assisting in bringing his novels to life. In a statement released, has expressed his enthusiasm about the project:
“Partnering with Sonar Entertainment and Farah Films on adapting the ‘Shannara’ saga for television is an exciting prospect. Everything about both companies suggests the result will be one that both old and new fans of the books will readily embrace. I am committed to doing everything I can to help make this happen.”
Sonar Entertainment CEO Stewart Till also added:
“Terry Brooks appeals to a huge and diverse cross-section of audiences throughout the world. There is an enormous desire to see ‘Shannara’ brought to life for television. We know this is going to be a terrific series that will both delight longtime fans and attract legions of new devotees.”
Presently the producers are searching for a show runner and director before they start shopping the project to networks.